Happy are those who reject the advice of evil people, who do not follow the example of sinners or join those who have no use for God. They are like trees that grow beside a stream, that bear fruit at the right time, and whose leaves do not dry up. They succeed in everything they do. (Psalm 1:1,3 -The Catholic Children's Bible by saint mary's press)
Watch this short video about a 14 year old boy who lived a life of heroic virtue. You may have to see a short ad first.
Fair is Fair by Sonny Varela, a book read to children on Youtube on the subject of justice, showing the difference between treating others justly vs. equally.
Click here for a list of storybooks that teach courage.
Click here for a list of storybooks on temperance.
A virtue is a positive habit, something that is inside us that makes us good. We must practice virtues to become more like God.
The first cardinal virtue is Prudence. Prudence is recognizing the difference between good and bad, right and wrong, and then doing the right thing.
The second cardinal virtue is Justice. Justice is giving God and neighbor what is due to them.
The third cardinal virtue is Fortitude. Fortitude is the courage to stand firm and fearless in face of trials in doing good. The fourth cardinal virtue is Temperance. Temperance is living with moderation in regard to pleasures and the world's goods.
Discuss a situation in the past week or so where you had to make a decision based on right and wrong, either individually or as a family. Which one did you choose? Why? What were the consequences/benefits?
As a family, identify someone in your church, school, or neighborhood that has some special needs. Discuss together how your family could meet those needs. Act on it. Go to Mass and give God His due! Remember, virtues take PRACTICE!
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